Summary: Honoring God is closely followed by honoring parents. This is no accidental order in the Ten Commandments list. We do well to pay attention here and help our children follow this.
Don’t you enjoy watching your kids learn as they grow up? Think of all the things you teach your children:
How to walk, talk, pray, trust God, follow Jesus, Bible characters, eat, clean up, tie shoes, dress, share, sit quietly in church, get along with brothers or sisters, and on and on. Our children learn an amazing amount from us. As a parent watching my children and now my grandchildren grow up, what a blessing God has given us to be part of the process. I pray for each one of my kids and grandkids every day and my prayer is always the same: I pray that they all be faithful servants in Christ’s kingdom and walk obediently with the Lord, and when my grandchildren grow up, may they meet and marry godly faithful mates and build godly faithful Christian homes. Whatever happens, keep them close to you.
How do we as parents help our children to honor you and obey us? If we want our kids to honor and obey us, the best way to accomplish this is for us as parents to honor and obey God. Deut 12:28
28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
Today we will study the fifth commandment. Let’s start by looking at a handful of scriptures:
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Deut. 5:16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Now listen to the echo of this in the New Testament:
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise- 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Jesus said: Matt 15:3-9
3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' 5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' 6 he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
Just how serious is it that children learn to honor their parents?
Exodus 21:15, 17
15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.